It looks like Seattle based Vendetta Red is alive and active. It’s been a long time since the release of Sisters of the Red Death, but it’s haunting music still finds its way into my music playlists. The catchy songs are beautifully vivid and heart breaking. In this concept album Vendetta Red confess and mimic horrors that tortured souls often can not escape.
“And all pretty poems have to end. So I say this before I leave. If words are your weapons, my dear I surrender, surrender!” -Silhouette Serenade
Billy Talent was one of the first bands I went to see as a young adult. They were playing with Rise Against, Thursday, and Circa Survive at The Myth in St Paul, MN (Fall 2006). At the time I was working split shifts at the Post Office in Eau Claire, WI sorting mail, putting in 60+ hour weeks. I had a cheap mp3 player that had Billy Talent II and Rise Against (The Sufferer & The Witness) pretty much on repeat. There was something about the change of seasons and unhealthy work life balance that really had me crutching on these songs. That show is one that I continue to measure all future shows against.
“Boy who always did what he was told, bought the only dream that he was sold” – Burn The Evidence
Just like everyone else at the time, this album didn’t leave my car for almost an entire year after it’s release. I remember when Alternative Press used to have a “Readers Chart” in their magazines, and The Black Parade held the number one spot longer than any other album that made it on that list. Almost 10 years later it still holds up as one of the most influential albums I’ve had the pleasure of listening to. My Chemical Romance re-union tour for 2016?….. please?
“When the lights all went out we watched our lives on the screen. I hate the ending myself, but it started with an alright scene.” – Disenchanted
//Somewhere between St Louis and Indianapolis you’ll find a white Sprinter van barreling down the interstate. There is a mix of sleep deprivation, malnutrition, heat exhaustion, and somehow surprisingly great spirits. Catching grins and positive vibes has been the constant on this tour. A group of friends sharing an experience that can’t be mimicked on social media. The energy sticks to your bones and warms your heart. We aren’t alone in craving honest, intentional connections and The Millenium’s It’s So Much Friendlier With Tour brings together a group of bands that share that same communal goal. Thankful and restless we keep moving, waiting with bated breath for the next nights show. Tonight we will sing and dance and it will elate our human experience.
Indie pop band The Millenium released their ambitious project titled “Pine Hollow Sessions” on March 4, 2015. They invited me to film/edit the video portion of their project which in only 3 days gained more than 1K views on YouTube.
Below is an excerpt from the band’s tumblr describing the project…
Reaching back into the community, we connected with multiple friends, musicians, businesses, and more from around the area, whom were all extremely gracious and willing to assist us succeed in finalizing this dream. Every single facet of this project was contained locally which was something really cool we had never done before…
Our studio of choice was city favorite Pine Hollow Studios ran by the amazing Evan Middlesworth who has worked with and plays in numerous bands from around the area.
Album art and exclusive posters were designed by Ambient Inks who has printed shirts for us in the past.
Assist in instrumental arrangements were done by Kyle’s (Feather) old roommate who was a composition major at school
Additional musicians majors were brought from Eau Claire’s University for auxiliary additions.
Project release content and campaign strategy was brainstormed between Kyle and Isaac Risseeuw, who runs the UWEC social accounts
Kyle Culver’s dad who runs his own photography company took shots during the recording process.
The project was huge. Not only did we want to put out these songs, but we also felt it was important to combine them with a video release of us performing the tracks consistent with the session style of the project’s name. The songs and the process had become more than just something to hear, but we more so hoped that they would be something that people could feel. Each track had taken on such a feeling of emotion and sheer passion that it almost felt necessary to experience the session thoroughly; we wanted people to be able to be in the room with us while the music was created…
Within two days we had rehearsed, tracked, and filmed the sessions. For only a handful of songs it was some of the most work we had put into a release, and now the time is almost here for us to share with you a side of us that isn’t often seen.
March 4th, we will be officially releasing this project online for your eyes and ears. Here’s what you can expect:
The songs will be free. We want to keep up with our previous mantra of releasing music, so all tracks will be available on our bandcamp (themilleniumwi.bandcamp.com) for “pay what you want”, and yes that does include $0.00.
It will also be available digitally through all other online platforms. If you still would like to buy the album straight to your library because you love it just that much, you will be able to find it on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc.
There will also be a LIMITED press of the CD. We’re talking 100-200 copies of this release will be available max. And then we don’t have any plans to print more for a very very long time. These will be available on our online store, along with select tour dates.
A full 20 minute video of the entire session will be simultaneously released. This is a look into the project and has us performing each song as it is, in the studio.
I hopped on the light rail to see Say Anything and The Front Bottoms at the Varsity Theater the other night. I usually try to get something to bring back with me after going to a show, this time I was able to pick up a record from The Front Bottoms and they were even nice enough to sign it for me.
I was driving to work this morning listening to Spotify on shuffle when Finding Something To Do came on. When Hellogoodbye released “Would It Kill You?” in 2010, it was such a breath of fresh air, I had the album playing in my car for months. Finding Something To Do is the perfect song to turn up and get lost in on a warm summer drive.
Some musician friends of mine played a show at The Garage in Burnsville last Friday. It has been awhile since I’ve been to a local show, so it felt good to see some familiar faces.
It kicked off with Josh Clutter who serenaded the crowd with his acoustic guitar. Then Grayson DeWolfe hit the stage as a 3 piece featuring Josh (formally in The Picture Perfect) on electric guitar. The crowd sang along the entire set and was gifted with a cover of “Pompeii” by Bastille.
Up next was the pop punk band Let Yourself Go who picked up the pace and got everyone moving. I was pleasantly surprised by how comfortable they were on the stage. Their humor was on point and their hooks were catchy and easy to remember. Keep an eye on them, as they’re no doubt going to keep moving up the ranks.
The Millenium has recently released an amazing EP “It’s So Much Friendlier With Two” that they execute perfectly live. Honest lyrics with danceable tunes, it’s no wonder they’ve been turning heads and filling up venues.
Headliners, The Role Call, prefaced their set by showing a mini rockumentary as a special departing gift to fans. They pulled up former guitarist Zach for one of their older tunes and also filled the stage with former members of The Picture Perfect while covering “Good Time” by Owl City.
You can check out some of the performances below.
Let Yourself Go- “This Isn’t The First Time Someone’s Told Me I Should’ve Become An Attorny”:
I woke up at 6 this morning after dreaming about Warped Tour. The summer heat must be reminding me that it’s that time of year again. I had a couple hours before needing to leave for work, so I tuned up the acoustic guitar and began sketching some new songs.